Scottish rail passengers get free WiFi

Free WiFi is being rolled out on ScotRail’s new trains.

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Free WiFi is being rolled out on ScotRail’s new trains.

All 38 of ScotRail’s Class 380 electric fleet will be equipped with wireless connectivity by March 2014, thanks to Scottish Government funding.

Nomad Digital, a specialist in wireless systems for the transportation sector, has been chosen to provide installations on the new fleet.

The expansion of WiFi represents the latest phase in the Scottish Government’s long-term ambition to provide WiFi across Scotland’s railways.

The installations are scheduled to be completed ahead of some major events in Scotland, including the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail managing director, said: “It is exciting that people will be able to enjoy free WiFi on board our largest fleet of electric trains.

“We are confident that the expansion of WiFi will be warmly welcomed by our customers, who increasingly want to stay connected during their journeys, whether for business or to chat with friends.”

Most train companies in England and Wales only offer free WiFi, where available, to first class passengers. Most major mobile phone operator companies - apart from Three - offer free WiFi on the London Underground.